Feline Facts, and Resources
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics
Tait’s Every Animal Matters (TEAM) Mobile Feline Spay/Neuter Unit
Low-cost spay/neuter for cats.
New Hope Clinic - Low-cost programs for cats and dogs,
including pit bull, and feral cat programs.
Plantsville, CT (Southington)
Fox Memorial Clinic (Connecticut Humane Society)
Low-cost programs for cats and dogs
Feline and Canine reduced cost spay/neuter packages (includes vaccines).
East Hartford, CT
Low-cost program for tame and feral cats
Mansfield Center, CT
Central CT Cat Project
Sponsored by FOBAC, takes place at Ragged Mountain Vet in Plainville one Sunday a month
Low-cost program for tame and feral cats
Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society-Spay/Neuter Clinic
Low-cost programs for cats and dogs including pit bull and feral cat programs
NUDU Mobile Grooming for dogs and cats -- they come to you! Serving Litchfield County and surrounding towns.
Please DON'T! It’s an amputation!
At Kitty Quarters we do not believe in declawing a cat. Depriving a cat of his or her claws means taking away a basic tool – for defense, including climbing. Declawing also can cause lasting physical problems for your cat. The Humane Society of the United States opposes declawing except for the rare cases when it is necessary for the cat’s medical purposes, such as the removal of cancerous nail bed tumors.
Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat’s claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of your cat’s claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat’s “toes”. When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period. And remember that during the time of recuperation from the surgery your cat would still have to use its feet to walk, jump, and scratch in its litter box regardless of the pain it is experiencing. Wheelchairs and bedpans are not an option for a cat.
No cat lover would doubt that cats–whose senses are much keener than ours–suffer pain. They may, however, hide it better. Not only are they proud, they instinctively know that they are at risk when in a weakened position, and by nature will attempt to hide it. But make no mistake. This is not a surgery to be taken lightly. Your cat’s body is perfectly designed to give it the grace, agility and beauty that is unique to felines. Its claws are an important part of this design. Amputating the important part of their anatomy that contains the claws drastically alters the
conformation of their feet. The cat is also deprived of its primary means of defense, leaving it prey to predators if it ever escapes to the outdoors.
People who are worried about being scratched, especially those with immunodeficiencies or bleeding disorders, may be told incorrectly that their health will be protected by declawing their cats. However, infectious disease specialists don’t recommend declawing. The risk from scratches for these people is less than those from bites, cat litter, or fleas carried by their cats.
Tips for stopping a cat from scratching or chewing the wrong thing from the Humane Society:
For additional information on topics such as alternatives to declawing, how to trim your cats claws, why cats scratch, best scratching posts, etc., go to www.declawing.com. This is not a Kitty Quarters website, it just has some useful information.
TNVR – Trap Neuter Vaccinate Return and how you can help.
Community cats (ferals, strays, abandoned cats) need your help year round but more so in the cold winter months – yes even in desert states the evenings get cold, especially for babies!
Cat-loving volunteers across the country help save these animals for a better life (some can be adopted). These community-minded volunteers provide a much needed service by limiting the cat population that lives outside. It doesn’t come free. Its success relies on donations from people like you who want to help.
Pick something from the list below (or several somethings) >^.,.^< and bring them to your nearest shelter that helps cats. Call your local animal control officer. They can’t take the cats from their colonies in most states but most would like to help cats. Tell them you want the items donated to their TNR or TNVR people. Search the internet for the nearest TNR or Feral Group in your area and ask where they’d like the donations placed – and what they need most.
• Frontline flea medicine – Large dog size is most economical (dosing will be special for cats & kittens)
• Wet and dry adult cat food
• Wet & dry kitten food (especially needed late winter into summer)
• Have-A-Heart traps
• Cages or animal crates like those found at Ocean State Job Lot
• Totes or bins to be made into shelters
• Large dog crates to be made into shelters
• Rigid foam insulation or flexible insulation with a protective coating (not fiberglass)
• Tarps & all-weather tape for creating weather resistant shelters
• Stainless steel bowls for food and water (stainless cleans up well, doesn’t break, can be warmed enough to limit freezing)
• Hand warmers/snuggle safe discs (place under water bowl to keep it from freezing fast)
• Gas cards for driving back and forth to clinic
• Pee pads for under traps while recuperating from surgery
• Kitty litter (clumping / unscented) for post surgery recovery period
• Powder KMR (kitten milk) Step One
• Toys (without small objects) & cardboard scratchers
• New pet beds
• Donation checks at the TNR clinics in the name of the TNR trapper